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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, June 30, 2022

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek – “2022 Primary Election Had Highest Voter Turnout In Region, Successful Launch Of New Voting Equipment And Vote Anywhere Initiative”

WHEATON, IL – DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek is pleased to announce that the county had the highest voter turnout in the region of nearly 22 percent in the 2022 Midterm Primary Election, combined with a successful launch of new voting equipment and the Vote Anywhere initiative.

 

“We broke several records for a Midterm Primary. We had over 22,000 voters during Early Voting, exceeding the 2018 Primary. We also had close to 35,000 mail ballot applications – six times the number from 2018,” said Kaczmarek. “Increasing the number of Early Voting sites and sending mail ballot applications and election information to all registered voters paid off.”

 

The 2022 Primary was also the first election using the new 100-percent paper voting system. Last fall, the County Clerk’s office replaced its 20-year-old Diebold equipment with the Hart InterCivic Verity system for both Early Voting and Election Day. DuPage is the first county in Illinois to use the complete print-on-demand system, selected for its top security, transparency and user-friendliness. Verity is also never connected to the internet, even for the transmission of results, making it impossible to hack.

 

“Feedback has been exceptional all around – from voters, election judges and staff,” said Kaczmarek. “We can’t begin to list all the improvements with this equipment. For one, we were just able to effortlessly tabulate write-in votes yesterday. Previously, this would have been tedious and labor-intensive.”

 

Because of the new complete print-on-demand system, DuPage County led the way in the state initiating “Vote Anywhere” for Election Day which allowed voters to cast ballots at any of the 263 polling places instead of their assigned precinct. Instead of relying on pre-printed ballots at designated polling places, the new system prints off fresh ballots for voters all over the county.

 

“Enthusiasm for ‘Vote Anywhere’ has been absolutely phenomenal, from many Republican and Democratic voters and election judges,” said Kaczmarek. “It’s taken on a life all its own. I wouldn’t be surprised if other Illinois counties begin to follow our lead.”